In what must have caused an audible sigh of relief across the Hollywood Hills, black actors of both genders dominated the TV categories at the 22nd annual performance-focused celebration – the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
Trophy hoarder Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black took home an individual and cast win, while Idris Elba also snagged two awards for the film Beasts of No Nation, and the limited-run TV series Luther. Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) also took home prizes.
Elba hit the glitzy crowd with the most appropriate of one-liners:
“Welcome to diverse TV.”
Though last year the Guild awarded statuettes to Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, and the Orange is the New Black cast, the history of the SAGs is not all that dissimilar to that of the Academy Awards, with white actors dominating all nominations and wins. So, it’d be easy to view the 2016 ceremony as a cynical ploy by (randomly selected) union members to appease the naysayers and restore Hollywood’s image.
It’s less easy, however, to spin the situation towards prejudice. But that doesn’t mean Twitter isn’t going to try:
For now, it’s best not to predict what happens next, and hope that this year’s SAG awards marks some sort of shape-up within the Hollywood elite.
Before extreme corners of the Internet argue that awards should go to their most deserving recipients, I agree, and use the following image as a rebuttal:
For a list of full nominations, click here.